McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

Cheryl Sanders
May 20, 2017

The US State Department has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail was behind the attack on Kurdish protesters in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

The meeting of the Turkish envoy and the USA official took place at the State Department on Wednesday, and comes amid an outcry among U.S. lawmakers.

Local police and lawmakers initially speculated that diplomatic immunity prevented the USA from holding the men.

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

The Turkish president had just returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House when violence broke out as Turkish security pushed past police to confront protesters.

The letter comes after reports, and video, that appear to show members of the Turkish president's security detail fighting protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington.

"This is the United States of America", McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC. He suggested that lawsuits should be filed if the responsible bodyguards can be identified.

The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate", as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm worldwide allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president.

Attacking with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others are seen repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

Two people were arrested and 11 were injured in protests outside the Turkish ambassador's residence amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit. Turkey and the United States have branded the PKK a terrorist group, but the United States thinks differently about the YPG and fights with them against ISIS.

The White House hasn't commented on the altercation, but President Trump has been criticized for his positive comments on foreign leaders, like Erdogan, who have been criticized for their records on political freedom and human rights. According to two people with direct knowledge of the case who spoke to The Washington Post, D.C. police are trying to obtain arrest warrants for Erdogan guards they identify on video.

A student waves a Turkish flag with a portrait of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during a march in support of the republic and against terrorism in Ankara on May 18, 2017.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington claimed Wednesday that Erdogan's bodyguards were acting in "self-defense".

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